After yesterday we had chilled out Saturday at home today. Lily wanted a pyjama day. She wanted to play a game of Battleship and play with hers cars. Then spent a lot of time doing art. Lily loves art and it’s great seeing her express herself. Jack mostly stayed in his room. Playing on his computer.
In the afternoon I took Jack for a walk. It was a good 45 minutes. Obviously involving Pokemon. It was another good walk. This time no phones were broken.
In the evening Lily slipped over in the kitchen and hurt herself. It caused her to cry loudly. One of the biggest challenges we have with Jack. Is that he can’t handle sudden loud and distressing noises. Children crying being the number one cause for meltdowns.
Natalie was out at work. So I had Lily downstairs crying. Needing comfort and help feeling better. Jack upstairs Growling and stomping. Needing help to regulate himself and calm down. It is an extremely frustrating position to be in. But can be fairly common and something you just have to learn to deal with. I wouldn’t necessarily say it gets a lot easier over the years. But you do learn from experience ways to handle the situation.
Thankfully after putting Lily on the settee with her favourite blanket and giving her a cuddle she was ok. So I went to Jack, who was visibly distressed. It will be the build up of the incidents of the past 2 days. With Lily’s crying being the spark that lit the fuse. He got aggressive. But I told him he had Chicken Burgers ready to eat. Which was a bit of luck. He wasn’t happy. But he wanted his Chicken Burgers. I left them with and gave him time to calm down. It took a while, but eventually he calmed right down.
A slight episode at the end of the day. But overall a fairly chilled out Saturday here at Dad Does Autism.